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6 May 1988 (Portugal) See more »
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When Terror Rules, Only One Man Can Break Through.
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American spy Scorpion learns of the KGB capture of The Widow just as she is ready to retire. Later Scorpion gets kidnapped from her hot tub. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Tonny Tulleners ... Steve Woods
Don Murray ... Gifford Leese
Robert Logan ... Gordon Thomas
Allen Williams ... Phil Keller

Kathryn Daley ... Jackie Wielmon
Ross Elliott ... Sam Douglas

John Anderson ... Neal G. Koch

Bart Braverman ... Mehdi
Tom McFadden ... Lt. Woodman (as Thom McFadden)
Billy Hayes ... Wolfgang Stoltz
Adam Pearson ... Jack Devlin
Ari Barak ... Hanis
Adam Ageli ... Faued #1

John Lazar ... Faued #2
Pamela Jean Bryant ... Flight attendant
Lisa Pontrelli ... Leese's secretary
Joseph Whipp ... Leese's aide
Stephen Riead ... Young Steve
Thomas Riead ... Young Phil

Jack Lightsy ... Police guard #1
Keela Wright ... Police guard's wife
Douglas Joho ... Leese's guard
Gloria Thomas ... Leese's maid
Michael J. Epps ... Police guard #2
William Moy ... Police guard #3
William Griffith ... Dist. Atty. George Cauffman
Tom Cassell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nabawa Abou-Seif ... Victim
Louis Alexander ... Male patron
Pat Bishop ... Cab driver
Tom Bowen
Richard Bravo ... Tough guy
Kim Capone
More Carmen ... Ticket agent
Tom Cassel ... Deputy
Taia Chard ... Hotel clerk
Kamealoha Peter Clark
Vivian Patrick ... Dr. Ghy's secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
William Riead 
 
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William Riead 

Produced by
William Riead .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sean Murray 
 
Film Editing by
Gigi Coello-Bannon 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Simonson .... second assistant director
 
Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Steve Davis .... stunts (as Steve Davis)
Dragon Majailovic .... stunts
Val Mijailovic .... stunts (as Val Majailovic)
Dar Robinson .... stunt coordinator
Dar Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
 

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Action Movie With No Action, 21 August 2010
Author: reluctantpopstar from North Hollyweird

One of the stupid sub-genres I love is low budget action films starring foreign born "martial arts masters." This one features Tonny Tolleners, a dude whose primary claim to fame is that he once beat Chuck Norris in some type of contest. That must have been many years before this movie was made.

I am usually willing to grade on a curve in the case of these low budget films. Actually the budget on this probably wasn't too low since it had a few semi-known professional actors in it. But since it was a product of Crown International Pictures, I'm sure they didn't break the bank putting this down on celluloid.

Those professional folks do the best they can, but the movie is stuck with a lead who can't act. This was Tolleners' only film. Where he should stand out, the action/fight sequences, he also fails to impress. And that my friends, denotes a BIG problem. When you have a "martial arts master" who can't fight worth a damn (or at least appears that way due to the way the fights and stunts have been staged), then you are really doomed as a movie. Pacing here is deadly slow. I was hoping for the hero to get shot just so some excitement would ensue. Also aggravating is the middle 1980's synthesizer based musical score, which has not aged well in any way, shape or form.

I did like the scene filmed in my old neighborhood, downtown Los Angeles around Fifth and Main, seen in far too many films and TV shows standing in for "generic urban slum." Bet that's not the only time somebody got shot in the stairwell of the Rosslyn Hotel.

This movie can be avoided by all but the most masochistic fan of 1980's action films.

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